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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Responding to Violence Against Women

Recognizing that historical and cultural myths and biases create unique hurdles to women’s access to justice, we launched the Responding to Violence Against Women Project in 2003 to focus on the unique battles faced by these survivors. The focus of the project is to ensure that victims, whether of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and/or child abuse, are re-empowered rather than re-victimized when they access justice. 

We do this, in part, by ensuring that service providers responding to those victims have the knowledge and skills necessary to protect a victim’s rights, particularly in the criminal case against an offender. These rights may include the right to privacy, the right to attend proceedings, and the right to be heard at those proceedings, among others. 

Among our newest products is our Rights Enforcement Toolkit. A collection of video tutorials, flowcharts, checklists, and sample pleadings to protect survivors. Click here to access the Toolkit. To access NCVLI publications related to violence against women, visit our Victim Law Library.  To request legal technical assistance, click here.  To request a training, click here.


2013 Mary Byron Foundation Celebration Solutions Award

NCVLI is proud to announce that our Responding to Violence Against Women Project was selected to receive the 2013 Mary Byron Foundation Celebrating Solutions Award.  This important award honors nonprofit and governmental organizations with innovative programs that demonstrate promise in ending the generational cycle of domestic violence. 

Click here to learn more.